Spectator Money

What’s Wonga?

6 September 2018 17:21

Origins of Wonga The payday lender Wonga has gone into administration. How did ‘wonga’ come to be used as slang…

Best Buys: Buy-to-let mortgages

4 September 2018 18:09

Buy-to-let property is still a popular investment choice for those who have the money to put down the deposit. Here…

Retirement is in crisis and employers, as well as employees, must plan for the future

3 September 2018 13:54

The idea of working 9-5 until you receive a gold watch at age 60 is dying out fast. Millennials seem to…

Wonga’s been dealt a knockout blow. So what now?

31 August 2018 11:41

After an eerily quiet year, payday loans are back in the headlines. The speedy demise of Wonga has sent shockwaves…

Business is suffering from Britain’s poor broadband

30 August 2018 21:36

As to public subsidy for broadband, the conclusion to be drawn from the DCMS report, though it may not please…

The facts about the Venezuelan economy

30 August 2018 21:12

Contrary to the impression given by Jason Mitchell, Venezuela does not have a socialist economy (‘Maduro’s madness’, 25 August). It…

Britain as an exporting superpower

29 August 2018 21:22

The International Trade Secretary says he is going to turn Britain into an ‘exporting superpower’. To which countries did we…

Best Buys: Five year fixed-rate mortgages

28 August 2018 17:06

If you’re on the hunt for a mortgage, a fixed rate one will at least ensure that your repayments stay…

Britain’s economy is not suffering as much as the doom-mongers insist

24 August 2018 12:35

This piece first appeared as the leading article in The Spectator.  Economies run on confidence — as Franklin D. Roosevelt…

Best Buy: Easy access savings accounts

21 August 2018 15:47

Although the interest rates are rarely as good, sometimes you want a savings account that allows you to access your…

Is a degree worth the debt?

17 August 2018 15:06

You’ll never get into a good university if you carry on like this.’ A haunting threat from school days past,…

The Roundup case could have hidden consequences

17 August 2018 11:24

The award by a Californian court of $289 million in damages to Dewayne Johnson, a groundsman who claimed the weedkiller Roundup…

Best Buys: 2 year fixed-rate bonds

16 August 2018 15:37

If you’ve got a chunk of money that you don’t mind having locked away for a set amount of time,…

What the range of entries for the Economic Disruptor of the Year Award tells us about British entrepreneurial talent

13 August 2018 16:14

Let’s remind ourselves what we mean by ‘disruptor’. A truly disruptive business revolutionises its marketplace by delivering radical improvements in…

What does the future look like for Apple?

8 August 2018 15:55

In case you missed it,  Apple’s market capitalisation has now hit the $1trillion mark – something which is as mind boggling…

Valuations of tech stocks have become insanely high

7 August 2018 17:21

What are we to make of a 19 per cent fall in both Facebook and Twitter shares at the end…

Best Buys: Easy access savings accounts

7 August 2018 15:26

Finding a savings account that allows you to collect any interest at all – while still having access to your…

Tell us your broadband woes

6 August 2018 13:07

My anecdote last week about upgrading to BT’s ‘superfast’ broadband provoked several readers, unasked, to tell me their own unsatisfactory…

Two steps back: the Taylor Review one year on

1 August 2018 13:34

Citizens of nowhere. ‘Keeping pace with the changing world of work’. Two phrases you might just about remember from 2016,…

We need to reimagine the UK’s coastal communities into a coastal powerhouse

26 July 2018 17:23

The British public vote for Brexit sent shockwaves around major cities throughout the globe. However, in many of our coastal…

Best Buys: First time buyer mortgage rates

24 July 2018 16:26

If you’re looking to take your first steps onto the property ladder, this week’s Best Buys – from data supplied…

How ‘safe’ is the Bank of England?

20 July 2018 11:16

‘Safe as the Bank of England.’ So goes the old phrase. And yes, with walls 8ft thick, the Old Lady…

The importance of ethical banking

20 July 2018 10:47

When I first visited Canary Wharf in the early 1990s, I was struck by a set of black-and-white posters in…

Is there money to be made from the blockchain hype?

17 July 2018 18:59

It is said that the story of diamond mining in South Africa began with someone who inadvertently kicked a large…